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Mountain Hardwear Skyledge 3 DP Tent

- published January 2014

81

2014

RATINGS

Shoulder room
1
Packability
10
Set up
8
Weatherproof
10
Features
8
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
81

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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$550.00
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THE GOOD

  • Lightweight
  • Tough enough for 3+ season use
  • Two large entrances and vestibules

THE BAD

  • Too narrow for three men

THE VERDICT

The lightest tent in the test it is also one of the burliest, a rare double feat. The drawback is in space. There's barely room for three people, unless they don't mind spooning.

FULL REVIEW

Shoulder room
This is the Skyledge’s biggest issue. At only 58 inches wide, three mummy matts won't fit unless staggered in opposite directions: head, toe, head. And even then it's tight. There really isn't enough room for three people unless everyone is very friendly. For three guys, tent time felt confined. This is probably best as a two-man tent, except when you want to go really light. The two doors are fairly easy to get in and out of, but require the middleman to step over a buddy. The two vestibules do help alleviate some of the cramping, and are roomy enough for a pack and boots each.

Packability
At less than two pounds per person and a compact pack size, this is the most packable tent we tested.

Set up
Set up is fast, easy and straightforward. We had the tent ready for move in within minutes the first time. Two lateral poles pull the walls vertical with the help of the simple cross pole set up. The fly cinches over top with little fuss. This tent can also be set up without the tent body for really lightweight missions and can also be pitched fly first to keep the tent dry in a rainstorm, though we found this awkward and time consuming.

Weatherproof
Take most lightweight shelters into nasty weather and they bow under the pressure. Not this burly beast. While other tents flattened under a dump of slush, the Skyledge barely slouched. It stood up equally well to strong winds. An included footprint adds life to the tent floor.

Features
For a lightweight tent, there are lots of little things retained on the Skyledge that add value, like a window that brightens the interior even in dark weather, interior mesh pockets, welded corners and zip flaps to reduce weight and bulk while increasing waterproofness. At the same time, MH cut weight where they could with lighter buckles and webbing.

Value
Usually a footprint will cost you extra, so including one definitely adds value to the Skyledge. The overall lightweight impressed us, but like many ultralight tents we feel like this doesn't qualify for the size it is rated to.

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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$550.00
N/A
Support Gear Institute. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links above, a portion of the sale helps support this site.

RATINGS

Shoulder room
1
Packability
10
Set up
8
Weatherproof
10
Features
8
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
81

Weight

4.5 lbs

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